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What Does it Take to Be a Transportation Inspector?

Job Description & Duties Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people. Includes rail transportation inspectors, such as freight inspectors; rail inspectors; and other inspectors of transportation vehicles, not elsewhere classified.

Other Transportation Inspector Job Titles

  • Transit Vehicle Inspector
  • Aircraft Quality Control Inspector
  • Aircraft Inspector
  • Locomotive Inspector
  • Railroad Inspector

Job Opportunities for Transportation Inspectors

There were about 28,200 jobs for Transportation Inspector in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,600 new jobs for Transportation Inspector by 2026. There will be an estimated 2,900 positions for Transportation Inspector per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Transportation Inspectors in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Transportation Inspector are Alabama, Rhode Island, and Utah. Watch out if you plan on working in Kansas, Minnesota, or Wyoming. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Transportation Inspector

The typical yearly salary for Transportation Inspectors is somewhere between $28,870 and $123,980.

Salary Ranges for Transportation Inspectors

Transportation Inspectors who work in Maine, District of Columbia, or Alaska, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Transportation Inspectors in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alaska $105,850
Arizona $61,380
Arkansas $70,790
California $76,290
Colorado $77,660
Connecticut $82,870
District of Columbia $100,630
Florida $85,340
Georgia $70,850
Hawaii $79,490
Idaho $73,870
Illinois $84,420
Indiana $78,520
Iowa $77,250
Kansas $86,500
Kentucky $71,930
Louisiana $69,970
Maine $101,310
Maryland $65,710
Massachusetts $71,840
Michigan $79,170
Minnesota $83,180
Mississippi $85,700
Missouri $73,160
Montana $77,390
Nebraska $86,130
New Hampshire $72,500
New Jersey $74,010
New Mexico $58,510
North Carolina $79,680
North Dakota $87,030
Ohio $58,740
Oklahoma $76,600
Oregon $76,510
Pennsylvania $65,710
Rhode Island $53,090
South Carolina $72,160
South Dakota $57,780
Tennessee $78,120
Texas $84,250
Utah $55,360
Virginia $77,920
Washington $73,480
Wisconsin $86,990
Wyoming $70,470

Where Transportation Inspectors Work

Transportation Inspector Sectors

Below are examples of industries where Transportation Inspectors work:

Transportation Inspector Industries


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